I chose to review Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door for BookLook Bloggers because we use a western theme in our children’s department. Every child has their own cowboy hat and a bandana that says “Giddyup with God.”
(I’d love to post a picture of the kids reading this book, but do not have parental permission.)
I plan to use this book in our super church (children’s church) services and later during our fall festival which will also have a western theme.
I was more than delighted with this story about a child greenhorn named Conrad who goes to a ranch to learn how to be a cowboy. Once there, he meets a know-it-all cowgirl named Imogene Louise Lanthrup who makes learning the ropes a real challenge.
The illustrations, by Gene Barretta are delightful. Barretta has illustrated 25 books, six of which he wrote. His illustrations and animations have appeared on Sesame Street and Between the Lions. He’s also designed characters for The Jim Henson Company.
From the publisher:
It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.
From the author’s own hand:
I give this delightful book five out of five stars for its message of forgiveness and perseverance. I can hardly wait to share it with the children at my church.